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NAME: Lamar Thomas
TEAM: Miami Dolphins
POSITION: Wide receiver
INJURY: Fracture dislocation of his right hip

OTHER ATHLETES AFFECTED

While hip pointers and bruises are common, Lamar Thomas' injury is rare. In 1996, University of Miami running back Danyell Ferguson sustained a dislocated hip and missed the rest of the season.

PLAYER BIO

Thomas was a four-year letterman ('89-'92) and three-year starter at the University of Miami (Fla.). He set the school record for career receptions (144) and ranks second in both receiving yards and touchdowns behind Michael Irvin. He was a third round draft choice (60th overall) of Tampa Bay in 1993.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pound receiver signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1996. In 1998, he played in all 16 regular season games for the first time in his NFL career and caught 43 passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns.

Last year, Thomas was placed on Injured Reserve on Sept. 5 with a left shoulder dislocation; he missed the entire 1999 season. Projected as a starter for the upcoming season, he started the first three preseason games and had two catches for 13 yards.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The 30-year-old Thomas suffered his injury on the first play of the Dolphins' Aug. 21 game against Green Bay. The injury occurred after he caught a 5-yard pass from quarterback Damon Huard. Linebacker Mike Morton was among several tacklers who piled atop Thomas and twisted the player's body.

Thomas lay on the field for several minutes and was then carted off on a gurney and taken to Holy Cross Hospital by ambulance. He underwent surgery to reduce the fracture late Monday at Holy Cross.

WHAT'S INVOLVED WITH A HIP FRACTURE AND DISLOCATION?

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, with the round head of the thighbone (femur) fitting inside a cup-shaped socket (acetabulum) in the hip bone (pelvis). The socket is relatively shallow, which allows the hip to move in all directions, but it takes considerable support from the muscles and ligaments to keep the joint in place. It requires substantial force to pop the thighbone out of its socket and dislocate it.

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